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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Wearable Fall Trends 2019

The fall season is all about remixing modern classics, which means some fall trends may already be hanging in your closet. However, if you decide to upgrade a few basics, you can find plenty of worthy investment pieces this season that you can wear again and again for years to come. 

Wearable Fall Trends 2019

Be Romantic

Shift your favorite summer florals forward with a cozy knit cardigan and military-esque boots. A zip-up sweatshirt, sneakers and a choker can add a little grunge to a midi or maxi skirt.

“I love the unexpected touch of punk paired with softer pretty pieces,” said Bobbie Thomas, NBC’s “Today” style editor and author of “The Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow.”

Your 9-5 tops can also work for evenings and weekends – a soft tie-neck blouse can elevate a pair of faux leather leggings; just add a blazer and some heavy metal with chains. Or add a touch of lace with a camisole under a v-neck sweater.

Do Denim

Jeans – along with jean jackets, dresses, skirts, jumpers and more – are en vogue. In fact, denim from head to toe is definitely a do and serves up an effortless cool factor, Thomas said. Advanced textiles offer new washes and game-changing fit options.

“When it comes to your basic blues, style and science are blending seamlessly to better fit our figures today,” she said. “The optic technology in Lee’s Shape Illusions collection exemplifies a 360-degree design approach that lifts, lengthens and flatters from every angle. My favorite part is that they’ve applied this to both tops and bottoms with strategic seaming, side panels and enhanced pockets for under $30 – and it’s size inclusive.”

Wearable Fall Trends 2019

Go Green

A treasure trove of jewel tones is in store this season. However, Mother Nature inspires a fresh, standout shade of green – from pistachio to emerald to forest – for a way to layer in color this season. If you’re looking for just a dash, a chic pair of earrings or a bold manicure is an easy way to go green.

“Its organic essence allows green to mix well with any hue,” Thomas said. “A kelly green handbag pops against a classic black and white ensemble while hunter green is a sophisticated compliment to pale pink. Mint looks delicious when mixed with rich browns and chartreuse is the perfect jolt to navy.”

Borrow from the Boys

While suiting is on the scene, oversize blazers are really back, Thomas said. Though models in editorials often sport them draped over the shoulder, she suggests a more practical way to wear the look.

“Keep your look sleek underneath to avoid losing your silhouette and consider making it your own with the definition of a belt or cross-body bag,” Thomas said.

From laid back lumberjack to traditional tartan, fall is also the perfect time to be mad for plaid. The pattern is dominant in stores this year with nearly every colorway imaginable and options like coats and carry-alls.

Boot Up

Kick your look up a notch this fall with a boot. From pointy to square toe styles, chunky combat lace ups to western ankle booties and everything in-between, there really is something for almost everyone.

“I’m not sure there is a boot that’s not in style this season,” Thomas said.

Find more inspiration to make a fall fashion statement at Lee.com.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Leadership Roles for Women: A Lamenting Story of Widening Gender Gaps

Leadership Roles for Women: A Lamenting Story of Widening Gender Gaps

Despite immense progress of the human race in every walk of life, the state of affairs for women is far from satisfactory and rather sordid, mainly due to lack of societal and system’s support. Take the case of leadership role; the fortune 500 companies list of 2018, show that only 24 CEOs are women, which is an abysmal 4.8%. The number is down 25% down from the preceding year when 32 women CEOs were heading fortune 500 companies in 2017.

Breaking the Glass ceiling and tackling Career labyrinths:


The famous glass ceiling metaphor (describing barriers for a woman in reaching the top positions) used by the wall street journal’s Carol Hymowitz and Timothy Schellhardt, is still part of the business lexicon. A more relevant term, however, is career labyrinths. The difference between the two is wonderfully explained by Dr. Alice Eagly, professor of social psychology at Northwestern University, IL. She describes the glass ceiling as "a bunch of men sitting at the board, impeding a woman’s progress as she comes close to the top". Dr. Eagly explains another term career labyrinths as "continual set of barriers women hit along the way and they start at the beginning of the woman’s career".

Changing institutional mindset:


The corporate mindset towards women is largely about stereotyping them. Only hiring more women will not suffice. The organizations will be required to create a conducive culture for the smooth working of the female workforce. This will include market-based salary, rewards on achievements, and training & development.

Women need to change as well:


Women should know their strengths and unique talents and using those, contribute to the organization’s goals. Susan Lucas Conwell, the global CEO of NamoBOT and an expert on women in leadership roles emphasizes on following points:
  • Awareness
  • Acting from their innate strength of creativity and collaboration.

Women should be leading entrepreneurs:

Leadership Roles for Women: A Lamenting Story of Widening Gender Gaps

Independently running a business is yet another good option to become an industry leader. I will give some of the most famous women entrepreneurs who are business leaders:

Huda Kattan CEO Huda Beauty and Tory Burch CEO Tory Burch have net worth of $550 million and$ 800 million respectively. They have set examples for other women, who by using their talent along with latest technological tools can become successful entrepreneurs For instance; they can also use the business name generator tool for finding creative names for their businesses. Cloud computing and internet technologies can also be used to supplement talent and take the business to a prestigious position.

The woman's roles in leadership is a subject related to the changing mindset of society, increased support of Governments, corporate initiatives and confidence and highly skilled women. For each woman, my advice is " no matter how many barriers you face, believe in yourself because for you the sky is the limit".

Monday, September 16, 2019

Tips for Supporting a Sick Loved One

Tips for Supporting a Sick Loved One

If your loved one is suffering from a serious medical illness or injury, it can be hard to know how to handle it. While you want to be there for them, you may not know exactly what to do. Here are some things you should and should not do if you find yourself in this type of difficult situation.

Don't Give Medical Advice

Unless you are actually qualified, don't give medical advice. It can be easy to fall down the rabbit hole and start searching your loved one's condition online, but try to avoid the internet. Remember not all information on it is actually true, and it may only stress you out more. Leave the medical advice up to the doctors and play your role as a support person.

Take Them Food

Most likely your friend or family member will not feel up to cooking. Taking food is a great way to help him out. Whether it's making a casserole or sending a get well cookie bouquet, it can make a big difference to someone who is sick. You can enlist others to help as well and form a meal train. There are websites where you can have people sign up to bring meals each day.

Just Be There

Sometimes he doesn't need anything except for you to just be there. That can mean sitting by his bedside and holding his hand or just lending an ear when needed. Try not to treat him differently because of the illness as that can sometimes make things harder.

Although your loved one may not be feeling his best, you can still enjoy your time together. Getting through this won't be easy, but you find that your relationship becomes even stronger because of it. If it begins to get overwhelming, be sure to seek counseling to help yourself as well.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Give Mom the World this Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, you can honor the women in your life while also supporting mothers around the world.

Because healthy, empowered moms can give their children the best start possible, UNICEF (United National Children’s Fund) works to support mothers by providing vital neonatal care and ensuring they have what they need to help their children grow up healthy and happy.

These gifts-that-give-back help support the organization’s lifesaving mission and can provide moms with a feel-good celebration.

Peruvian, hand-painted glass coasters by artisan Marlene Guisgueta

Give Her the Globe


These Peruvian, hand-painted glass coasters by artisan Marlene Guisgueta also provide 16 packets of lifesaving nourishment to children suffering from acute malnutrition. Purchasing gifts from UNICEF Market supports the artisans’ families and local economies while funding lifesaving programs for mothers and children. Shop the curated selection of Mother’s Day gifts at unicefusa.org/mothers-gifts.

Ensure All Mothers and Children Thrive

Ensure All Mothers and Children Thrive


A meaningful way to give back while honoring your mom, a UNICEF Inspired Gift, such as polio vaccines to protect 100 children, can be sent directly to those who need it most in the name of your loved one. Other essential items that can be delivered include mosquito nets, educational workbooks and more. For additional details, visit unicefusa.org/mothers-inspired.

Solidarity Soap from L’OCCITANE

Help Her Unwind


Wrapped in craft paper and decorated with heartfelt drawings, Solidarity Soap from L’OCCITANE can leave skin delicately cleansed and perfumed. A portion of each purchase in the United States at retail stores and online at unicefusa.org/l’occitane through Dec. 31, 2019 helps UNICEF provide vitamin A supplements to children around the world to fight preventable childhood blindness.

Learn more at swellbottle.com/unicef.

Fuel Her Inner Superhero


Access to safe water means rights for women and girls. For many parts of the world, females are tasked with the long journey of collecting water, exposing them to danger. With support from partners like S’well, UNICEF has helped more than 500,000 people in Madagascar gain access to safe and sustainable water sources since 2015. Learn more at swellbottle.com/unicef.

Louis Vuitton’s Silver Lockit

Showcase Her Promise


A token of Louis Vuitton’s promise to help children in urgent need, $100-200 of each Silver Lockit purchased will be donated to UNICEF to help children in emergencies and vulnerable situations around the world. Visit unicefusa.org/lv-lockit to learn more.

*UNICEF does not endorse any brand, company, product or service.
*No portion of the purchase price is tax-deductible. For more information visit unicefusa.org.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A New Way to Watch a Fan Favorite

A New Way to Watch a Fan Favorite

If you’re an entertainment seeker looking for a love story, chances are you may be interested in watching (or re-watching) one of the most popular reality dating shows to date.

TV viewers can enjoy some of the most thrilling seasons in “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” history with the first seasons of the shows streaming on Tubi starting April 1.

Fans can relive the magic of the opening seasons of the original shows, featuring contestant Trista (Rehn) Sutter finishing runner-up in season one of “The Bachelor” before finding love as the first Bachelorette with firefighter Ryan Sutter. After 16 years of marriage, the former TV stars can relish the opportunity to enjoy the ride alongside both original fans and new viewers.

“It brings back so many memories to watch early episodes and all those rose ceremonies,” Trista said. “It’s nice that fans of the show can relive those memories with us again.”

Fans can also re-experience the Sutter wedding ceremony, “Trista & Ryan’s Wedding,” which aired as a three-episode special and drew more than 26 million viewers, making it one of the most widely viewed episodes in reality TV history. In addition to the original series that started it all, viewers will be able to stream a 2018 television event, the fifth season of “Bachelor in Paradise.”

A massive library of films and TV shows are available for viewers, all without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees, via ad-supported streaming services like Tubi, the largest of its kind, available on virtually every platform from mobile devices to video game consoles and more. With more than 40,000 hours of offerings, including 12,000 movies and television series, viewers can indulge in genres of all kinds on the growing platform from Hollywood blockbusters to independent films and specialty content.

Find more information at Tubi.TV.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Five Common Jobs for College Students

Looking to earn some money on the side? Getting a job as a student isn't easy. Generally, you'll be looking at getting entry level jobs, because you need to build up your resume. The best places to look are places that expect people without previous experience and are happy to train you up from scratch.

Five Common Jobs for College Students

These are five common types of jobs for college students.


==> Babysitting

This kind of job tends to work best if you're female. Male babysitters do exist, but it takes a lot more work to build the necessary trust and reputation.

Use sites like Sitter City to advertise your services. Generally you'll only want to find one to three families to babysit for.

Babysitting is a fantastic college job, because it's so personable, easy and sometimes flexible. The pay can be quite good as well.

==> Bartending

Bartending is great both for the money and for the social life. As the bartender, you'll position yourself at the very center of the college social sphere.

You may or may not need previous experience to work as a bartender. Sometimes you'll have to start off as the bus boy to get the job. Some establishments expect you to take a bartending course before applying.

==> Waiter / Waitress

Waiting tables and serving food is one of the classic college student professions. You need nothing but a great smile and a friendly personality to qualify.

To increase your likelihood of getting a job, apply to a lot of different places. If you walk into five different restaurants a day for a week and drop off your resume or application, it's a pretty sure bet that you'll have a job within that week.

==> Tutoring

Are you particularly good at math, science, English or any other subject? If so, you can make good money through tutoring.

You can tutor either by finding your own clients, or by becoming a tutor for an established tutoring agency. The latter is often easier if you're just starting out.

If you have the time and energy, you can even do both. Just make sure you never take clients from the agency as your personal clientele.

==> Telemarketing and Sales

Telemarketing and sales jobs can be very difficult. However, if your personality is suited, you can make a lot of money. A successful car sales person in college can easily take home $5,000 to $8,000 or more each month.

Most of these jobs are very easy to get, because you're paid very little, but get paid a lot more based on commission. They're easy to get, but hard to succeed in because you have to be great at convincing people to buy. 

These are five jobs that are easy for college students to get. If you're looking for some extra cash, these five avenues are great places to start.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tips to Help Overcome Shyness and Social Awkwardness

Feeling shy or awkward in certain situations is understandable. Don't we all have a little nervousness before we go talk to that guy or girl, or get sweaty palms before giving a speech? For some, though, shyness and social awkwardness may not be circumstantial, but constant. This can be very frustrating and hard to overcome, but there are some things you can do to help overcome your shyness and approach people in social situations. Here are some tips:

Tips to Help Overcome Shyness and Social Awkwardness

Learn to Laugh


There's something about laughter that makes everyone feel more comfortable. This is why "ice breaker" activities at parties are often designed to get the participants laughing. So don't be afraid to laugh at someone's jokes, or learn a few funny lines yourself (not canned "pick-up" lines, but clever observations or comments). 

Force Yourself to Stay


Sometimes, shy people feel so uncomfortable in a social situation that they just want it to end; they just want to get away. Consciously resist this impulse. Tell yourself to stand your ground, stay put, and interact. Remember, the other person is not going to breathe fire; he or she just wants to have a conversation and get to know you. 

Learn to be Comfortable with Silence


Social situations can feel especially awkward if you are uncomfortable with mutual silence. This may trigger shy people to "babble" to fill the silence, which then makes them feel even more awkward because they feel like what they're saying is silly or nonsensical. So be cool - some silence between people is okay. In fact, it helps give the other person a chance to think before he or she speaks. The person you're speaking with will appreciate this! 

Stretch


Just like physical stretching, socially and psychologically stretching can be somewhat uncomfortable, even painful. But also like physical stretching, it's necessary. If your first instinct is to say "No" when someone asks you to do something, stop and think first. Tell the person you will get back to him or her if you aren't sure. This will give you some time to pluck up your courage and say "Yes." 

When to Seek a Professional


There is a point when simple shyness and social awkwardness may be an actual disorder. Social anxiety disorder and social phobia are real disorders that may need the help of a professional. The difference between shyness and these disorders is how much it affects your life. 

For example, if you are so shy and embarrassed by just the thought of having to introduce yourself to others or attend a party that you go to great lengths to avoid the situation, it might be a social disorder. When it's social anxiety or phobia, you have trouble living a normal and productive life due to your social fears.